Get Cozy with Knit Polymer Clay
Cozy knits are a wardrobe staple. Bring this beloved trend into your jewelry lines by "knitting" polymer clay! It's easy to make knit-style polymer clay slabs that can be transformed into almost any jewelry component you can imagine--no needles required. Want to know more? Let's get started!
The most popular type of jewelry that uses the knit clay technique is earrings. Many different varieties of earrings can be found, ranging from simple studs to multi-layer dangles. Another popular style for knit clay is pendants. These can be found in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, and are often worn in multiples to create a graduated necklace cluster. Bangle bracelets and knit-looking beads are also a common way to harness this on-trend clay technique.
No matter the style, there are a few common themes that this trend embodies across the board. Jewelry designers most commonly use rich earthy tones, including reds, greens, browns and greys. More often than not, knit clay jewelry is found in round shapes, from circular earrings and pendants to hoops, half-circles and even crescent shapes. Another popular style is "mod shapes" like U's, diamonds and other shapes reflective of '60s and '70s fashion. Browsing through Pinterest and other sources, you'll also likely find hearts, flowers and other flirty shapes made with bright, colorful clay.
What to Wear it With
This trend is easy to pair with a variety of outfits. Pair it with knit sweaters, dresses or accessories in matching, on-trend earth tones for a warm and fuzzy knit-on-knit feeling. Wear knit clay jewelry with faux fur, wool and other warm, wintry materials to up the cozy ante. For a bit of contrast, style knit jewelry with a denim jacket, or spice up your workwear with colorful knit clay accessories to show off your creative side.
Home Décor and More
Take this cozy trend a step further by creating and embellishing household items with knit polymer clay. Form knit slabs into small bowls or trinket dishes to hold cherished jewelry items. Create thicker strands of knit clay and cover a tin can for a pencil cup or brush holder, or cover a terra cotta flowerpot with knitted clay ropes to give the appearance of a warm, soft cover for plants! (Safety tip: be sure to put terra cotta into a cold oven, NOT a preheated one.) Stretch your polymer clay abilities even further by creating a large knit slab to serve as a personalized notebook cover. The creative possibilities of knit polymer clay are only limited by your own imagination!
Check out this video from our Facebook Live sessions for step-by-step instructions on how to make knitted polymer clay jewelry.
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